THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
TURN BACK AND LIVE!
Today’s reading: Ezekiel 18:1-32
Jesus died so that we might live. No one else needs to die.
How do we avoid death? Jesus restored us to the Father, and
has shown us how to live our lives in accordance with His
will. Thus God says, “if he walks by my statutes and
is careful to observe my ordinances, that man is justhe
shall surely live” (v.9). “Only the one who sins
shall die!” (v.4c).
much of the world is in sin, and is on the path to death.
But that path is not irreversible. “But if the wicked
man turns away from all the sins he has committed, if he keeps
all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall
surely live. He shall not die!” (v.21). One needs to
repent, to obey God’s commandments, and to live the
way of Christ.
does that happen? The first step is to hear the gospel. Then
people believe, call upon the name of the Lord, and are saved.
How do they hear the gospel? There are those who are called
to evangelize, to witness, to share Christ. And since God
does not want anyone to die, everyone should be given the
opportunity to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus. For
that to happen, the Church needs to do really massive evangelization,
with particular focus on the proclamation of the gospel. This
is the call to the New Evangelization.
hearing the gospel resulting in meeting Christ and accepting
him as Savior and Lord, one then needs to live Christ. This
involves doing what is right and just (v.5), having no idols
(v.6a), being pure and chaste (v.6b), oppressing no one (v.7a),
ministering to the poor (v.7b), and avoiding injustice and
says, “For I find no pleasure in the death of anyone
who dies” (v.32a). Neither should we. So let us move
on, responding to the call to the New Evangelization, and
engage in rapid and massive evangelization.
back and live!” (v.32b).